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17 Summer Vegan Pasta Recipes

Summer veggies are here! Now’s the time to eat as many as possible and what better way to do it than in a delicious pasta dish. Check out these 17 vegan pasta recipes and find your new favorite!

A photo collage of all the different vegan pasta recipes.

It goes without saying that pasta is the world’s most perfect food. I could eat it every night and never get tired of it. In fact, I do just that whenever we travel to Italy—happily and with a great deal of satisfaction.

Pasta is clearly good in every season but there’s something about highlighting summer vegetables by tossing them with toothsome noodles that gets me excited about dinner.

We are a mostly dairy-free house so vegan pasta recipes are the norm around here. I will serve most pasta with a block of Parmesan and a microplane if someone wants to grate some cheese over the top but otherwise, we generally stay away from butter and cream.

If you follow a vegan diet or are just looking for more ideas for plant-based dinners, I think you will fall in love with all these recipes this summer.

*Just a note about the images: All these recipes are vegan. Some are pictured with cheese on top as a garnish but the cheese can easily be left out or swapped for vegan cheese.

Summer Vegan Pasta Recipes

1. Zucchini Pasta with Pine Nuts and Mint

I love, love, love this pasta. It has a tremendous amount of flavor for how few ingredients there are. The pine nuts are toasted and golden and add an almost “meatiness” to this dish. This pasta offers us another way to use up gorgeous summer zucchini.

A oval platter filled with bow tie pasta, cubes of zucchini, fresh slices of mint, and toasted pine nuts.

2. Spaghetti Salad from The View From Great Island

Summer weeknight eating at its finest. This pasta dish boasts tons of vegetables from sweet corn to red onions to baby spinach. It’s great warm, room temperature, or chilled. Love taking this pasta to summer potlucks and barbecues.

3. Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli from Orchids + Sweet Tea

Summer sun can make us hangry! Those are the nights we need pasta covered in a blanket of creamy Alfredo sauce. I like that this one also has crisp-tender broccoli mixed in—good for health and texture! Creamy vegan pasta sauces are actually really easy to make, everything just gets pureed until smooth in the blender.

4. Pesto Artichoke Asparagus Pasta

The dynamic duo of artichokes and asparagus take this vegan pasta to the next level. The dairy-free pesto is also super flavorful with toasted almonds, basil, parsley, and lots of luscious olive oil. Make a double batch of pesto and keep it in the refrigerator to use whenever the urge strikes.

A pink platter with green coated noodles and asparagus on a marble table with a glass of wine next to it.

5. Vegan Lemon Pasta from Crowded Kitchen

Warning: This vegan pasta is highly addictive! The creamy lemon sauce utilizes all the best of vegan “dairy” products to produce a dish so rich, bright and full of flavor you might just eat the whole pan yourself.

A bowl of creamy pasta mixed with peas and topped with lemon zest and cheese next to lemon wedges and glasses.
Image from Crowded Kitchen

6. 5-Ingredient Summer Pico Pasta from This Mess Is Ours

Pico pasta is the genius recipe from Meg at This Mess Is Ours. It takes our favorite Mexican salsa, Pico de Gallo and turns it into a pasta sauce with cannellini beans for oomph and protein.

A bowl of fettuccine topped with tomatoes, white beans, and crumbly cheese sitting on a wood table.
Image from This Mess Is Ours

7. Pasta Al Pomodoro from Salt & Wind

Just five ingredients: garlic, chile, basil, tomatoes, and olive oil, and a little technique are all that’s required for this {Pasta Al Pomodoro} Pasta With Classic Tomato Sauce recipe. If you’ve ever wondered how to recreate that incredible pasta you had in Italy, this recipe is it.

A woman holding a bowl of noodles coated in tomato sauce with a few pieces of basil on top.
Image from Salt & Wind

8. Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Pasta from Beyond Sweet & Savory

Capitalize on summer eggplant that gets melted and caramelized in the oven along with the tomatoes and garlic. I love how this pasta is full of delicious and colorful summer veggies, so simple yet bursting with flavor.

9. Pasta with Almond Pesto and Green Beans

You always rely on fresh green beans to make any dish delicious in the summer but they go spectacularly well with this toasted almond pesto and thick, chewy rigatoni. This pesto has a nice kick from red pepper flakes but you could leave them out if you don’t like spice.

A bowl of rigatoni coated in pesto sauce with green beans and a fork sticking out of the side.

10. Vegan Vodka Pasta from Ale Cooks

Cashews give this pasta rich creaminess without any dairy and you don’t need to soak them or anything! No really, this recipe takes 15 minutes. By the way, it calls for canned tomatoes but you can substitute ripe fresh tomatoes in the summer.

A white bowl with noodles in a red sauce with a fork in the noodles twirling it around and a red towel underneath.
Image from Ale Cooks

11. Pasta Puttanesca from Curry Girls Kitchen

You can never eat too many sweet cherry tomatoes in the summer and this pasta with briny olives and capers is just one more delicious way to enjoy them. The sweet tomatoes and salty olives in the sauce is truly a magical combo.

12. Pasta alla Checca from Pamela Salzman

I churn out countless plates of pasta during the summer but this one with a no-cook tomato sauce is the one I make most often. Pamela has you peel the tomatoes for this recipe which makes them melt in your mouth, but honestly, most nights I’m lazy and just chop them.

A white bowl with chopped fresh tomatoes mixed with spaghetti, and basil leaves.
Image from Pamela Salzman

13. Garlic Mushroom Pasta with Chile Guajillo from Ale Cooks

I love strips of dried guajillo chiles in pasta.The unexpected addition offers a deep rustic flavor, completely different than the more traditional spicy red pepper flakes. They pair nicely in this pasta with earthy mushrooms and lots of garlic. Make sure you use guajillo chiles that are flexible and soft. Don’t use them if they are hard and brittle, they won’t rehydrate properly.

Two bowls of pasta topped with mushrooms, dried chiles, and parsley on a gray table next to two glasses of wine.
Image from Ale Cooks

14. Italian Pasta Salad from Healthy Seasonal Recipes

This chilled pasta salad is perfect for when it gets super hot outside. The fresh vegetables and zingy dressing taste just like summer. I love all the variety of vegetables here: sweet cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and briny olives mixed with peppers and fresh herbs.

15. The BEST Spaghetti Marinara

Admittedly this is an all-year-long kind of vegan pasta recipe but its reliance on pantry staples makes it feel easy and breezy for summer. Again, this is a great sauce just to have on hand in the fridge, so make a double or even triple batch.

A white bowl of spaghetti topped with tomato sauce, thin slices of basil, and a big basil leaf.

16. The Ultimate Vegan Mac + Cheese from Orchid and Sweet Tea

A pot of creamy vegan pasta may not seem too summery but I think we all crave cream sauce all year long (at least I do). Plus you can always mix in fresh cooked veggies right before serving like blanched broccolini or green beans.

17. Vegan Lentil Bolognese from Crowded Kitchen

This is another hearty pasta for those summer nights when you’ve spent all day at the beach or pool and you come home staaarrrvvving! Traditional ground meat is swapped for lentils making this a much healthier version of everyone’s favorite meat sauce.

A black plate topped with noodles in lentil sauce and a fork sticking out of the noodles.
Image from Crowded Kitchen

17 Vegan Pasta Recipes To Choose From!

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